A green stem burst from the ground as if it’d been holding it’s breath for years and began to rise through the air. As it grew the base became thicker and I watched leaves begin to develop on the top and sides.
I could sense the joy as it continued to reach to the sky. It wasn’t long before fruit started to grow on the branches reaching out from the stem. They were ripe, full and inviting.
At I watched the scene unfold I began to understand that the plant lies waiting in each one of us. It’s waiting for the love of Jesus to nourish it, to give it the life it needs to grow inside of us. As it grows life grows.
The seed is alive in each and every one of us. For some it never gets the chance to develop. For others it grows to varying heights and stalls making the fruit underdeveloped. For others it grows into a beautiful tree and the fruit from its branches are life giving.
Our role in the growth is critical. Only God can nourish the seed, growing it into a mighty tree but it’s us who decided whether or not to let Him do the work He longs to do in each one of us.
May Christ through your faith [actually] dwell (settle down, abide, make His permanent home) in your hearts! May you be rooted deep in love and founded securely on love,
18 That you may have the power and be strong to apprehend and grasp with all the saints [God’s devoted people, the experience of that love] what is the breadth and length and height and depth [of it];
[That you may really come] to know [practically, through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge [without experience]; that you may be filled [through all your being] unto all the fullness of God [may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]!
I stopped to think a little about the importance of the fruit and a couple of things came to mind.
1. It will sustain you. I don’t think that the fruit is only for others. The fruit produced is from the heart of God. That love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, patience and self-control should be a part of our regular diet. In fact, as we pursue God and dive even deeper into the ocean of His love I think we are feasting.
2. Others will take it and we might not even notice. When we are producing the fruit of God, people will be drawn by the sweet aroma. They will see the shade and come running. The way we live our lives will have a dramatic impact on those needing the love, peace, comfort etc. We might hear later on about how a simple word or action, seemingly insignificant to us, changed someone’s life.
3. We will take hold of it and hand it to those the Lord highlights leads us too. Every time we use the gifts and abilities God has given us we are feeding someone who is desperately hungry for what God has planted and grown in us. The seeds of the fruit we given them will be planted in their hearts where God can nourish and grow them into mighty trees producing fruit themselves.
So let it GROW! (My kids watched Frozen twice yesterday)
Jesse and Kara Birkey
Jesse and Kara Birkey are committed lovers of Jesus who seek to show others the extraordinary life of Jesus is available for everyone. They have authored two books, been featured in films and seek to serve the Lord in whatever ways they can. Follow their blog here.
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